Balfour Beatty makes strides on accident ratesDecember 2008
The engineering and construction multinational Balfour Beatty reduced its accident frequency rate by 16 per cent last year.
The latest corporate responsibility report of the £7.5billion ($11.1bn) turnover group says the rate has fallen by 65 per cent since 2002, even though the business has more than doubled in size.
The group attributes this largely to increased board oversight of health and safety. It has formed a health and safety council chaired by the chief executive, introduced new management systems, established health and safety forums in every business unit, and begun to ‘design hazards out of the construction process’ by, for example, more use of off-site prefabrication and assembly.
Its accident rate is now a third lower than the construction industry average as determined by the UK’s Health and Safety Executive. However, despite the reductions, 14 people were killed in accidents in Balfour Beatty operations (including joint ventures) during 2007.
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